The beautiful autumn colors will start illuminating Northwest Indiana very soon. Every autumn, as the days get shorter the leaves produce pigments that give them color. Trees produce spectacular displays of color as the green chlorophyll in their leaves dwindles. The red, purple, orange, yellow and brown shades reflect the great diversity and boasts more than a few dozen tree species within the many and diverse Northwest Indiana parks. Come visit these breathtaking scenic views and vivacious autumn colors that are beginning to peek through.
Fall is in the air! For many, fall is the best time to visit the parks. Whether it’s hiking in the woods, taking a leisurely stroll on a paved trail for fall color views, or attending the many great activities and events that these park’s Environmental Education centers have to offer, the autumn season is sure to bring enjoyment to all.
Splashes of red and yellow accent warm brown and faded green leaves. Area trees are blazoned with color, signaling fall. While out enjoying the fall colors throughout our NwIndiana, think about what trees bring us such beautiful colors. Similar trees with these great colors may be sugar and red maples.
For those yellow ones out there they are our hickory and birch. How about our state tree, the Tulip Popular is sporting it’s pretty golden yellow as well as sycamore, sweetgum, cottonwood and some of the understory trees like sassafras. Various oaks fill up the brown portion of the spectrum, although red oak and scarlet oak are true to their names in a good season.
How about those pretty star-shaped leaves that seem to turn every color would be a sweet gum. They boast purples, reds and yellows – sometimes all on one leaf! The dogwood are those purple/red leaf.
Bright orange and red-orange leaves are the sassafras and staghorn sumac trees. Our landscape has a dazzling fall show.
The best fall color formation happens when there are bright, warm days, cool nights (not freezing) and moist soils. These spectacular displays gives eye candy to those visiting the parks.
Visit the the PanoramaNOW Parks And Recreation Events Page to see ALL EVENTS ON ONE PAGE or the PanoramaNOW Fall Festivals to enjoy the vivid displays nature has to offer when the trees display their autumn colors. Come celebrate our numerous parks natural heritage and ecological diversity of northern Indiana. The wetlands provide for a multitude of waterfowl species, great blue and green herons, as well as seasonal sand hill cranes.
See how many you can find this fall. Remember, the best color occurs following sunny days and cool, but not, freezing nights.
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Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Park for a hike exploring the Bailly Homestead and Cemetery along with the Chellberg Farm on Sunday, October 2, 9, and 30 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Explore the grounds of both historic homes and learn about early settlers and farmers who came to this region in the 1800s. Meet at the Chellberg Farm parking lot. Be prepared to park in the auxiliary parking lot due to parking congestion. You can also stay later and help feed the Chellberg Farm animals at 4:30 pm each Sunday in October. Continue Reading . . .
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